The Strongest USA Team Yet: Who Can Stop Them?
Can anybody stop the might of the USA’s female triathletes from dominating the sport? Is there another nation that can wrestle away control from the seemingly unstoppable dominance of America’s finest?
After a clean sweep podium for the Stars and Stripes at WTS Yokohama, and on the back of four American women finishing in the top six of the rankings of Super League 2018, it’s a tall order.
So just who might be able to disrupt their march heading into Super League 2019?
With three French women having already bagged qualifying spots for Super League 2019’s championship series, the Tricolour stands a chance of flying proudly come race time.
Cassandré Beaugrand finished third in the 2018 rankings despite having only competed in two of the four rounds. That underlines the potential of the 22-year-old speed demon.
Léonie Périault secured the final automatic qualification spot for this year’s series as a top ten finisher in 2018 thanks to a breakthrough performance in Singapore in which she finished fourth.
Up and coming 22-year-old Sandra Dodet could be one to look out for having secured her golden ticket for this season by winning both rounds of the year’s first Super League qualifier in Bali.
With four confirmed qualifiers for the 2019 race series already, Australia look like having a major say in the shake-up of this year’s events.
Their leading light last year was Ashleigh Gentle who came in sixth despite only racing twice, while Emma Jeffcoat proved determination and consistency were valuable qualities by picking up four top ten finishes to end the year ninth in the rankings.
Danielle De Francesco and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan have added their names to the 2019 roster via qualification in Bali.
None of the Brits have yet secured qualification for the 2019 series but are sure to go strong heading into the heart of the European season and will ensure they will be toeing the line come Jersey.
REST OF THE WORLD
Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands was the runner-up in the women’s division last year and will be back for a crack at going one better.
Yuko Takahashi from Japan finished eighth to secure her slot in this year’s series and is having another strong season so far.
With qualification races in Poznan and Ottawa on the horizon, there are plenty more athletes aiming to get their hands on one of the most valuable spots in triathlon!